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Automotive

  • November 28, 2018

    Miami Court Ruling Could Upend Red-Light Camera Programs

    A decision by a Miami-Dade County judge could throw another twist into a long-running battle over the use of red-light cameras in Florida, as the court found that differences among various municipalities' programs violate the state legislature's intent for uniform traffic laws.

  • November 28, 2018

    Fiat Must Face Most Economic Loss Claims In Gearshift MDL

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday trimmed some state claims from multidistrict litigation accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of making vehicles with faulty electronic gearshift systems that could cause them to roll away, but preserved the bulk of economic loss claims.

  • November 28, 2018

    USTR Hints At New Tariffs On Chinese Cars Ahead Of G20

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer raised the specter of new tariffs on Chinese cars on Wednesday, adding a new layer of intrigue to President Donald Trump’s scheduled summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at G20 this week.

  • November 28, 2018

    Faked Recall Notices Spur FTC Injunction Against Car Dealers

    A Maryland federal judge has OK'd a permanent injunction in a suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission against several car dealerships in the state barring the companies from sending out falsified recall notices to drum up business.

  • November 28, 2018

    Consumer Says Car Dealerships Can't Arbitrate TCPA Suit

    A consumer pushed back Wednesday against an auto dealer’s bid to force him to arbitrate his proposed class action accusing it of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, telling a Florida federal court the arbitration agreement he signed applies only to claims involving the vehicle he purchased.

  • November 28, 2018

    4 Questions About The Arrest, Firing Of Nissan's Chairman

    Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s abrupt dismissal of Chairman Carlos Ghosn over alleged financial misdeeds has sparked a host of questions about the downfall of a prominent automotive industry leader and what’s next for the companies he led.

  • November 28, 2018

    Acting EPA Head Slams Climate Change Report

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting leader on Wednesday veered away from President Donald Trump’s recent remarks expressing skepticism about climate change, but also criticized a federal report on the issue as unnecessarily alarmist.

  • November 28, 2018

    Judge Cuts Trans Worker's Bias Suit Against Truck Body Co.

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has hit the brakes on a biracial and transgender former employee's discrimination suit against truck body manufacturer Supreme Mid-Atlantic Corp.

  • November 27, 2018

    Lyft Leveraging Dearth Of Arbitration Ethics Rules In DQ Push

    After a long fight to push driver wage disputes into arbitration, ride-share giant Lyft is hoping an absence of clear rules in that forum around attorney conduct issues will encourage a California federal judge to throw a blanket disqualification over one plaintiffs firm, experts said.

  • November 27, 2018

    Progressive Moves Toward Trial Over Driver's $23M Judgment

    Progressive American Insurance Co. must face the prospect of trial over claims it exposed a policyholder to a $22.6 million judgment by failing to coax him to complete paperwork he opposed for moral reasons, a Florida federal judge has ruled.

  • November 27, 2018

    Climate Report Likely To Haunt Administration In Court

    The Trump administration could find itself bedeviled by its own blockbuster climate change report in litigation over efforts to roll back rules on emissions from power plants and vehicles, as courts may frown on contradictions between the report's detailed, dire conclusions and the administration's actions, experts say.

  • November 27, 2018

    Tesla Tweet Suits Combined With Levi & Korsinsky At Helm

    A California federal judge on Tuesday chose a Levi & Korsinsky LLP-represented trader as lead plaintiff in a slew of class actions seeking to hold Tesla and Elon Musk accountable for two August tweets that roiled the company’s stock price.

  • November 27, 2018

    Ford Not Liable In Asbestos Death Suit, NY High Court Says

    New York’s highest court on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of an $11 million jury verdict against Ford Motor Co. in favor of a now-deceased mechanic who claimed his mesothelioma was caused by asbestos in the automaker’s brake pads, finding in a 4-1 ruling that his evidence was “insufficient.”

  • November 27, 2018

    Fraud Law Doesn't Cover Custom Truck, NJ Justices Told

    A tow truck dealer and a manufacturer urged the New Jersey Supreme Court to undo a win for a tow truck operator who sued over malfunctioning equipment they sold him, arguing Tuesday that the state’s consumer fraud law doesn’t apply to the custom-made product at the core of the dispute.

  • November 27, 2018

    Hertz Can’t Shut The Door On Robocall Suit, Consumer Says

    A proposed class of consumers slammed an attempt by The Hertz Corp. to escape a suit accusing it of repeatedly making unwanted robocalls, telling an Illinois federal court Monday that their amended complaint resolves Hertz’s claim that the class was inadequate.

  • November 27, 2018

    Uber Faces Over $1M In UK, Dutch Fines Over Data Breach

    Uber was hit with fines of almost $1.2 million from British and Dutch privacy watchdogs Tuesday over a 2016 data breach of millions of customer records.

  • November 27, 2018

    Auto Suppliers Allege Global Exhaust System Price-Fix Plot

    Two automotive supply companies hit Boysen USA LLC with an antitrust suit Monday accusing it and other global suppliers of fixing the prices of automotive exhaust systems sold in the United States and elsewhere.

  • November 26, 2018

    Air Liquide Invests $150M In Calif. Co.'s Hydrogen Network

    California-based FirstElement Fuel Inc. has inked a renewable hydrogen supply agreement with French industrial gases corporation Air Liquide SA, which will invest approximately $150 million in the construction of a liquid hydrogen production facility, the companies said Monday.

  • November 26, 2018

    Truck Co. Liable In Fatal Rollover Suit, Texas Justices Hear

    The wife of a man who was fatally ejected from a tanker truck after his seat belt broke in an accident urged the Texas Supreme Court to revive negligence claims against the truck company, saying the trial court improperly tossed her claims.

  • November 26, 2018

    Sens. Want GAO To Probe Metal Tariff Exclusion Process

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Monday asked for a government watchdog to conduct an independent review into the Trump administration’s process for granting product exclusions from double-digit steel and aluminum tariffs.

Expert Analysis

  • Musk Case Signals New Era Of SEC Internet Enforcement

    John Reed Stark

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's complaint last week against Elon Musk and the settlement that followed seems like an obvious, routine and easy win for the government. But there is a lot more to the Tesla tweet debacle than meets the eye, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • Product Liability For Online Marketplaces And Car-Sharing

    Steven Kramer

    Just as Amazon and other online retail intermediaries have raised new product liability questions, similar questions are being asked about companies that provide short-term vehicle rentals. The legal theories that insulate online marketplaces from strict product liability concerns can also be applied to car-sharing businesses, says Steven Kramer of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Motor Fuel Taxes

    Christopher Lutz

    Illinois businesses engaging in activities relating to fuel in any way, even those which do not believe themselves to be retailers or distributors, should be apprised of potential multijurisdictional obligations regarding the various Illinois motor fuel taxes, says Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Open-Source Software In Connected Vehicles: Pros And Cons

    Marjorie Loeb

    As automobiles become part of the internet of things, some automakers and their suppliers are turning to open-source software to reduce costs, accelerate development and enhance interoperability. But a disciplined and thoughtful approach is needed to evaluate software licensing terms, functionality, stability and security, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • Sharing Economy Brings New Opportunities For Insurers

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    The ever-expanding sharing economy operates within the framework of an insurance industry that is constantly adapting to new technologies and risks. Collaboration between traditional carriers and innovators will lead to more participants for platforms and more customers for carriers, says Alexandra Fernandez of Zelle LLP.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.